Bail lowered in Anchorage Russian roulette case

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage judge has lowered bail for the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier charged with manslaughter in the death of a friend who shot himself playing Russian roulette.

The decision Wednesday reduced the bail for Pfc. Jacob Brouch from $250,000 to $50,000, but he remains in jail.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the judge did not approve his wife as custodian. Another bail hearing will be held within two weeks to allow Brouch to find another custodian.

Police say Brouch provided the gun that Sgt. Michael McCloskey of Beverly, Pa., used to shoot himself March 6 at Brouch’s apartment where the men had been drinking.

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